Summer should be relaxing, but if you're constantly stressed or sore, Pilates might be the answer. Developed by Joseph Pilates, the practice focuses on strengthening core postural muscles, which keep the body balanced and provide spine support.
According to practitioners, Pilates should fuse the mind and body, so that without engaging the mind, the body will move more gracefully. You'll also undo all of your bad habits.
You'll work on several key aspects in each class, including:Breathing:
Correct breathing oxygenates the muscles and reduces tension in the upper neck and shoulders. You'll learn to breathe more deeply and correctly, which will keep you from tiring during your exercise routine.Centering:
Building your core muscles
the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks
is essential to Pilates. Once these muscles are strong, you'll be amazed at the difference that you feel in your extremities. A strong core can make daily tasks
from running to sitting up straight at your desk
Beginners are instructed to pay careful attention to their bodies, whether you're tightening muscles or working on you're breathing. You'll become more self-aware as you learn to actively engage muscles that you didn't even know you had.Control:
You won't be rewarded for making the biggest leg circles, but your instructor will praise your ability to keep your hip still. Like ballerinas, form is essential, and our instructors will make sure you've got yours down!Precision:
Every movement in the Pilates method has a purpose, that's why we'll remind you when to inhale or exhale as well as when to contract and release muscles. This precision targets specific muscles that you want to tone.Flow or efficiency of movement:
This isn't a cardio workout, but continuous movements build strength, stamina, and flexibility.
For more information on our Pilates Fundamentals
class, which is a pre-requisite to all other Pilates classes, or other group fitness
classes contact Joy Sheehan
, group fitness coordinator
Pilates Fundamentals will not be offered in May, but please know we'll be offering it twice in June!